***This post is simply meant to help anyone else that finds themselves in the same shoes I was in. Women get really defensive when it comes to what method you use to feed your baby. This post is specifically for the women who have chosen breastfeeding, and are a bit discouraged about it! No judgement here!
I wish I had known it was hard! Harder than I thought it would be. I fed my firstborn breast milk, but it was pumped. I fully expected breastfeeding to be easier than pumping, because pumping was so hard. I averaged 4 hours in a 24 hour period hooked up to my pump. I hated pumping and was determined to not have to pump with my second child. I ended up having an emergency c-section with my second. When they brought her to me they informed me her blood sugar was low, and that I would need to give her formula immediately. I was devastated! Here I was hoping to avoid any bottles, and hours after she is born they insist on giving her one. I asked if there were any other options, and the doctor snidely told me it is this, or an IV. We chose the formula. It wasn't the end of the world, but after the traumatic birth experience, it was a big deal to me. Scout was given formula until my milk came in on the third day after birth. Until my milk came in, I would try to breastfeed her so she could get the hang of it. She wouldn't latch, and I thought a miracle would happen when my milk came in. Every day, I would pray my milk would come in. 3 days later my prayers were answered. Unfortunately, Scout wanted nothing to do with breastfeeding. I was so angry and felt like a failure. All I wanted was to be able to feed my baby. I begrudgingly used a nipple shield and that was the only way she would feed. Long story short, I was able to wean her off of the shield after a few weeks. Looking back, it really wasn't that big of deal. I had this perfectly healthy baby, and that is all that mattered. I thought that since she wouldn't breastfeed at the beginning, that she never would. Don't give up! If it is what you want, you can make it happen. It will take time, determination (lots of it), and that's it. If I could go back though, I would do a few things differently.
First: I would take a lactation class. I took one after having Scout, but it would have greatly benefited me and educated me having taken it before birth, I recommend The Lactation Link. Lindsey is extremely knowledgeable and her classes are affordable. The class I took was online, so it was super convenient! I thought I knew everything about breastfeeding, but I really knew nothing.
Second: I would have manually expressed colostrum to give to my baby. I didn't even know this was a possibility until after taking the breastfeeding class. I would have given this to Scout, and maybe we could have avoided formula. I am not an expert, and this is pure speculation, but in my opinion I maybe could have avoided it. I at least would have tried it!
Third: I would have mentally prepared myself better. Breastfeeding can be really hard!!! I was not prepared for how hard it would be with Scout. I realize this isn't the same for everyone, but it seemed like there was one hurdle after another. The only way I have been able to stick with it so far, is because I am bound and determined. I would have quit long ago if I wasn't.
My must have items for breastfeeding!
-Lansinoh Nursing Pads. I am miserable when I try other brands. These ones keep me dry and are my most favorite. You can get these at any major supermarket or baby store.
-Mother Love Nipple Cream or Coconut Oil
-Covered Goods nursing cover (OBSESSED!!!!!!!!!!) I'm not comfortable nursing in public without being covered,,,,,I could care less whether other women don't cover, it just isn't for me. So this cover is a must have for me. If you haven't heard of it, check it out!
-Lil'buds Breast Comfort Packs I found breastfeeding uncomfortable for the first 3 weeks. These are meant to soothe any breast pain.
-Breast Pump! I don't use it very often this time around, but I do occasionally for my convenience or comfort. I have the Medela pump in style. Your insurance will cover a breast pump so definitely get one!
Grab a few pillows, a huge mug of water, turn on Netflix, and stay on your couch for a few weeks till you and baby both get the hang of it. Remind yourself over and over, babies eat ALL the time. You aren't doing anything wrong if your baby wants to eat every hour. Watch the urine & stool output, and weight gain. That is how you know if your baby is getting enough food. Don't second guess your body. Trust that you can feed your baby! Also, if breastfeeding makes you miserable and you just don't want to do it, don't! Don't be miserable to prove a point. Pick the best and healthiest option for both you and baby!
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